Spokane Housing Authority

55 W Mission Avenue
Spokane, Spokane County, Washington 99201
(509) 328-2953

Open today from 8:30am to 4:00pm.

Spokane Housing Authority is a public housing agency in Spokane, Washington that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Homeownership Voucher programs. As of April 23rd, 2019, Spokane Housing Authority has 1 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Home Yard Cottages Homeless Supportive Housing Project-Based Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Spokane Housing Authority serves Spokane County.

The following agencies operate on behalf of Spokane Housing Authority:

Agency Serves
Community Action Center Whitman Whitman County
Rural Resources Community Action Ferry County, Lincoln County, Pend Oreille County, Stevens County
Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Home Yard Cottages Homeless Supportive Housing Project-Based Voucher Open Indefinitely
Spokane County, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Homeownership Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Open Spokane Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Indefinitely: Home Yard Cottages Homeless Supportive Housing Project-Based Voucher Waiting List

The Spokane Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Project-Based Voucher waiting list for apartments at Home Yard Cottages is currently open, from June 1, 2018, until further notice.

Please note:

  • A requirement for this Project-Based waiting list is homelessness. The SHA will require proof of homelessness at the time of eligibility determination.
  • A separate application will need to be completed for all household members 18 years of age or older.

To apply, pick up an application at the SHA office, located at 55 Mission Avenue, Spokane, Washington, 99201, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, or Wednesday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm PT.

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be:

  1.     Mailed to the SHA office at 55 Mission Avenue, Spokane, Washington, 99201.
  2.     Dropped off at the SHA office at the address above, during office hours.

There are no preferences.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.

For more information, visit the SHA website here, or call the office at (509) 328-2953.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (509) 328-2953.

IMPORTANT: This is not the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. Section 8 Project-Based Voucher tenants are required to live in a specific apartment community or scattered site. After one year of occupancy, a Project-Based Voucher tenant may request to be placed on a waiting list to receive the next available Housing Choice Voucher or similar tenant-based rental assistance.

Last Updated on 10/04/2018.

Other Spokane Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Closed: Spokane County, Washington Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Spokane Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for three days in January 2016, and before that for five days in January 2015. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply, applicants were required to complete the online pre-application.

This waiting list had the following preferences: Disabled, elderly (62+), families with children.

Selected applicants were placed on the waiting list by date and time the application was received, by order of preferences.

For more information, visit the SHA website, or call the office at (509) 328-2953.

Last Updated on 10/03/2018.

Closed: Homeownership Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Spokane Housing Authority (SHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

For more information, visit the SHA website, or call the office at (509) 328-2953.

Last Updated on 10/03/2018.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

The Spokane Housing Authority (SHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently closed. It is not known when this waiting list was last open, or when it will reopen.

A list of all SHA Public Housing communities can be found here.

For more information, visit the SHA website, or call the office at (509) 328-2953.

Last Updated on 09/28/2018.

About Spokane Housing Authority

More information about Spokane Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.spokanehousing.org/.

HCV Portability Status

As of 02/07/2019, Spokane Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.

Office Hours

Day Hours
Monday 8:30am-4:00pm
Tuesday 8:30am-4:00pm
Wednesday 1:00pm-4:00pm
Thursday 8:30am-4:00pm
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

About the Spokane Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Spokane Housing Authority manages 5,160 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 4,053 34 76 26 123 190 584
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $439 $432 $533 $377 $1,097 $371 $403
Monthly Cost $1,777,460 $14,682 $40,518 $9,806 $134,891 $70,568 $235,231

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Spokane Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 13% having issued approximately 388 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 6 years and 8 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 10 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $11,239 per year. 97% of households were very low income (VLI) and 79% were extremely low income (ELI). 16% of households had wages as a major source of income, 9% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 71% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

2% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 49% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 28% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 21% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 1% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

37% of households included children, 9% of which had two adults in the household. 30% of households with children have a female head of household. 68% of all households were headed by a female.

20% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 8% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Spokane Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 33% include at least one person with a disability. 57% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 75% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

46% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 35% with 2 bedrooms and 19% with 3 or more bedrooms. 16% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Spokane Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $308 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $530. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $101.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


Public Housing Operated by Spokane Housing Authority

Parsons Hotel

108 S Jefferson St
Spokane, WA

Spokane Ha

8803 E Michielli Pl
Spokane Valley, WA
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Apartment Communities managed by Spokane Housing Authority

Home Yard Cottages

N Hemlock St & W Fairview Ave
Spokane, WA
Income Based
1-3 BR
Homeless Supportive Housing
Subsidized
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